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September 18, 2013
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International Peace Day: Meditate, sing and dance at Tahoe-Truckee festivities

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — On Saturday, Sept. 21, thousands of organizations and millions of people around the globe will honor International Peace Day. However, you don’t need to go farther than Truckee to participate.

The “Truckee Tahoe Peace Project” (TTPP) will once again bring Peace Day to the Tahoe-Truckee community. Two events, a Mediate for Peace Marathon and a fun-filled Celebration in the Park, free to the public, will commemorate International Peace Day 2013.

Start off your day at the free “Meditate for Peace Marathon” at For Goodness Sake, 10157 Donner Pass Road, in historic downtown Truckee. From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. a variety of meditation practices will be offered, so there’s sure to be something to suit your taste. Choose between Tai Chi, Falun Gong, Tibetan Singing Bowl Meditation, Buddhist Meditation and Drumming Meditation — or stay for them all.

At 1 p.m. head over to the Truckee River Regional Park and practice “Yoga for Peace” with Shari Beard, and then make your way to the amphitheater for the performances and activities.

For an afternoon of family fun, go to the Truckee River Regional Park on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2-7 p.m. There will be an abundance of activities for kids, raffles, festive music, and a chance to visit exhibits from many wonderful nonprofit organizations, who do so much to make our community so extraordinary.

Creative craft activities, hula hooping, a labyrinth, face painting, and a bouncy castle are all part of the fun. Dance and sing along to music by local musicians Emily Tessmer, Danny Sturtevant and “Angele & the Wildwood Band.” Enjoy performances by InnerRhythms Dance Theatre and choruses from Sierra Expeditionary Learning School, Tahoe Expedition Academy and local preschools.

Learn the words to “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing” and join in with the community and sing “A Song for Peace.”

As an expression of what peace means to them, school children have decorated “Peace Flags” in the weeks leading up to this important event. These colorful flags will be on display at the park and perhaps remind us to ask ourselves the question, “What does peace mean for you?”

Don’t miss the presentation of the second “Truckee Tahoe Peace Award.” This award was created by the TTPP to publicly recognize, commend and thank the individual who best represents the spirit of peace in our community. Help honor and celebrate the recipient of this award at the Truckee Regional Park on Peace Day.

In the words of Mother Teresa “Peace begins with a smile,” so dance, sing, play, do yoga, meditate and smile! Make a space for peace in your life and peace in our world on International Peace Day.

We are so thankful to our sponsors and partners: Carmen Carr, Crestwood Construction, KidZone Museum, Papoose Preschool, the Truckee Family Resource Center and the TTUSD Wellness Program and also to all the local businesses for raffle donations.

Contact For Goodness Sake for more information at 530-550-8981 or info@truckeetahoepeaceproject.org. The Truckee Tahoe Peace Project (TTPP) was founded in 2011 by a collaborative of individuals, organizations and businesses dedicated to promoting peace. Visit www.truckeetahoepeaceproject.org.

I’D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING

Written by: B. Backer, B. Davis, R. Cook, R. Greenaway

Performed by: The New Seekers

I’d like to build the world a home

And furnish it with love.

Grow apple trees and honey bees

And snow white turtle doves.

I’d like to teach the world to sing

In perfect harmony.

I’d like to hold it in my arms

And keep it company.

I’d like to see the world for once

All standing hand in hand.

And hear them echo through the hills

For peace throughout the land.

It’s the real thing

what the world wants today,

That’s the way it’ll stay

with the real thing.

I’d like to teach the world to sing

in perfect harmony.

A song of peace that echoes on

and never goes away.

Put your hand in my hand

let’s begin today,

With your hand in my hand

help me find a way.

I’d like to see the world for once

all standing hand in hand.

And hear them echo through the hills

for peace throughout the land.

I’d like to teach the world to sing,

in perfect harmony.

A song of peace that echoes on,

and never goes away.


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